Linda returned to full time study in 2015 after 10 years working in museums, galleries, artist-led spaces, and arts journalism. Currently in her write up year in the department of Cultural Media and Visual Studies, her thesis is titled 'Inscribing women onto bodies: performance, photography and video art from Beijing and Shanghai 1999-2016 through a Foucauldian and Feminist lens.'
Linda worked on projects with Bridget Riley, Lubaina Himid, David Hockney, Enrico David, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono and many other artists, and with organisations including Arts Council Collection, October Gallery and the British Museum. In 2012 Linda won the inaugural John Moores Critics Award (later the International Award for Arts Criticism (IAAC)) and undertook a residency in Shanghai as a guest of Shanghai University. Since that time Linda has been researching and writing about contemporary Chinese art for publications including Modern China Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Art, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and magazine Yishu Shijie. Linda writes about international contemporary art for print and online and has delivered guest lectures at Sotheby's Institute of Art and Liverpool Hope University and seminars for The University of Nottingham.
Linda's research is concerned with contemporary Chinese art, gender studies, visual culture studies, Foucault and international feminisms.
Linda is interested in teaching and making accessible critical theory and cultural studies methods to undergraduate students. Since 2017 Linda has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the module… read more
Currently in her write up year in the department of Cultural Media and Visual Studies, her thesis is titled 'Inscribing women onto bodies: performance, photography and video art from Beijing and… read more
Currently in her write up year in the department of Cultural Media and Visual Studies, her thesis is titled 'Inscribing women onto bodies: performance, photography and video art from Beijing and Shanghai 1999-2016 through a Foucauldian and Feminist lens.' For this project Linda interviewed artists Chen Lingyang, Xu Zhen, Xiao Lu, Ma Liuming, Yang Fudong and Yang Zhenzhong in Beijing and Shanghai and used materials at the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Peer reviewed publications
Pittwood, L.. (forthcoming article) 'The idealised woman in contemporary Chinese art: what is presented? What is seen?' in The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art special gender edition
Pittwood, L. (forthcoming book chapter) 'Visualising biopower in the work of two female artists from Beijing.' Kennedy, B., and Turner, M. Visualising Chinese Borders. Leiden University Press
Pittwood, L. (2017) 'Visualising biopower in visual culture from mid-century China.' The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Volume 4 Issue 2-3
Pittwood, L. (2016) 'All under heaven: an introduction to maps and mapping in Chinese contemporary art'. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Vol 2, Nos 2-3, 1 Sept 2016
Pittwood, L. (2015) 'Parallel Realities: the relationship between translation studies and curating Chinese contemporary art.' Modern China Studies. Vol. 23 Issue 1, p75-94
Pittwood, L. (2014) 'The headless woman in contemporary Chinese art'. Journal of Contemporary Chinese art. Vol 1, No 1, 1 March 2014
Selected book reviews, catalogues and artist monographs
Pittwood, L. (2017) 'Traversing the radials of cultures Webs' (essay) Transatlantic Seaside Moderne. (Jenny Steele artist monograph)
Pittwood, L. and Tindale, G. (2017) (co-editors) Louise Giovanelli (artist monograph)
Pittwood, L. (2017) 'Translating and Travelling Theory: Feminist Praxis in China Min Dongchao' (book review). Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Pittwood, L. (2013) 'An exposition on an exhibition' (essay) John Moores Critics Award. Published bilingually English/Chinese
Pittwood, L. (2013) 'The potential of ergodic literature as a format for arts criticism.' In Welsh, J. (ed) Processing (exhibition catalogue) May 2013
Linda is collaborating with Dr Rachel Marsden on a proposal for a new research project titled Gender Scars.